Louisiana Holding Summit To Assist Imprisoned Veterans

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana is holding a day-long summit to help connect imprisoned veterans with available services.

         The Thursday summit is the third year of the event, hosted by the state corrections and veterans affairs departments and the federal VA.

         The corrections department says about 220 veterans housed at state prisons are expected to attend the event at Rayburn Correctional Center in Angie.

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         Federal, state and local officials will be on hand to tell veterans about programs and services they can access, like education programs, transition assistance, post-traumatic stress disorder treatment and job search help.

         Louisiana has an estimated 1,350 veterans in state prisons. Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says the summit helps veterans while incarcerated and when they leave prison — and also assists their families by connecting them with available services.


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